Ideas for things to photograph?

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    Hi,

    I have been into cameras and photography for years but have only recently brought a DSLR. I want to get more into photography and whilst I have plenty of opportunity to take pics on holiday I am stuck for inspiration when at home.

    Does anyone have any good simple ideas of things I could photograph? Obviously their is nature photography but wild animals are a bit scarce round here - I might catch the odd bird if I am lucky!

    Any ideas greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
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    Well, I'm not familar with your area, but you can take a photo of just about anything. Even the most simple things like a beer/soda can can be made interesting. Where I come from, cool things to photograph are rare as well, just take mundane things like bottles, cans or a mailbox and make it interesting.. Try different angles, filters, speeds..etc..etc..
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    I agree, I have yet to purches my new DSLR but I have plenty to shoot. Even when I got to work, the people and things they do are photographic. I can take a picture of anything and make it worthy of a glance.
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    if you have a macro lens, then you can do fun things at home! there are lots of boring objects which become fun when seen from very close distance ;) .. and you can control the light very well.

    start with your toothbrush ... if it is not in a too bad state ;)
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    a project that I have done is shoot something 100 unique ways. Take a street lamp as an example, try to think about different angles, viewpoints and parts of the lamp that could be photographed. It get really hard when as you get closer to 100. Its really a brainstorming project that gets your noodle cooking to come up with ways to make a common photo uncommon.
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    You've got tons of material to shoot. I guess it depends more on what is your favorite type of photograph - people, architecture, wildlife. I am a newbie myself but I love photographs of unique or odd things as well as common things shot from different angles. For starters: Your house, things in it, the outside, the garden. Unique houses/cottages/buildings close to you. Your town or local villages, streets, high street areas, forgotten monuments and markers, etc. Stately homes, old churches, castles. Go up to Liverpool and take pictures of the coastline. Manchester has big old Industrial Estates. The older and more abandoned the more interesting. Take a weekend trip somewhere and just take photos. No rhyme or reason, just "this was my weekend" kinda thing.
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    I sit here in my parent's room, and I realize that there are tons of things around me that I could be taking pictures of. I just took a few snapshots of my class ring. :)
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    Just some general landscapes, buildings, statues, anything from your local town. I would be interested in just where you live.
    Cosmo
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    Thanks for the ideas! I was looking for something more specific but I guess you right I need to experiment more with HOW I take the photos. I live in the UK in a city called Stoke on Trent (where Robbie Williams is from LOL).
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    try your local park,town centre,rivers/canals are good too don't be worried about people looking at you either I feared this when I first got into photography :lol:I just ignore them now :wink:
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    The idea I have had the most fun with is the sink. I go to the bathroom, turn the faucet on to a drop and shoot as close up as possible of the drops as they leave the faucet.

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    here are some others I've done around the house just messing around

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    I like shooting things around the house because it makes you think a lot harder (unless it comes naturally) about how to make it look good.

    oh and this is all done with the 18-55 3.5-5.6 kit lens.
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    You could keep a photoblog, and post a picture daily (or more or less, pending on how prolific you end up being.) In that case, the most important thing to remember is that the things that are mundane to you are exotic to people from elsewhere in the world. The baker or gas station may seem boring to you, but to someone in LA or Moscow it is cool to see your creative capture of something day-to-day. Also,find out about fairs and public events. Stoke-on-Trent? Got a river near by? Boat races? A mill? A valuable secret military installation? (Just kidding about that last one...)

    Anyway... my dad always said only boring people get bored. Don't be boring.
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    Spend a bit of time tracking down some of the great still lifes of artists working in the 19th and 20th century. Note the lighting. Then get busy.
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    Do what I do.
    Get a dictionary and open it up randomly and choose a word. Then use that word and make a picture to show what the word means to you.
    http://blogs.myspace.com/masc_
    I have a few up on there.
    Can be really challenging sometimes, but it sure gets your imagination running wild.


    Also..... here's a list of word.

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    Cool, you have got me thinking now, especially you, Iron! Stoke on Trent used to be famous for pottery there are a lot of old bottle kilns around They should make good targets and it would be nice to capture them before any more get knocked down!
    Definitely going to try the dripping tap idea too, that could make a cool Windows wallpaper!
    Cheers,
    Brian
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    If it is raining outside (or dark) just shoot loads of stuff around the home. Odd shapes, flowers anything. This is what I shot tonight.

    http://web.mac.com/pcaves/iWeb/Site/House.html

    Being new to DSLR myself I just play around with the focussing and see what happens. If the pic turns out bad though don't delete it but see if anything can be salvaged from it using a photo editor. The pictures of my daughter were disasters but with a lot of tweaking and changing one to b/w you can get some results I wouldn't have expected.
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    hi
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    i am having the same problem. i live in a small house with a tiny backyard im in your same stuation. what i like to take pictures of is f you have any pets thats always a good thing. i also like t take pictures of leaves or flowers ect. after it has rained. if there is a tree where you live (with leaves) get down on the ground and point up so you get some of the trunk and looking up at the leaves look at some of my pictures to get an idea. i am only a 13 y/o dont judge.
    -mackenzie
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    I'd suggest women, but you said simple. I'm lost for ideas [​IMG]

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